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Northern California - Gold Country (PDF Chapter)
This is the Gold Country chapter from Lonely Planet’s Northern California guide-book.
A ride along Hwy 49 through sleepy hill towns, past clapboard saloons and oak-lined byways is a journey back to the wild ride that was modern California’s founding. Stop for a taste of the helter-skelter era that kick-started the heartbeat of this state.
- witnessing the birthplace of modern California at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
- rumbling down the premier single-track bike trails above Downieville
- tasting wines made from grapes grown in the Plymouth hills
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Nevada County & Northern Gold Country, Auburn, Auburn State Recreation Area, Grass Valley, Nevada City, South Yuba River State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, North Yuba River, El Dorado & Amador Counties, Coloma-Lotus, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Placerville, Plymouth & Amador City, Sutter Creek, Volcano, Jackson, Calaveras County & South Gold Country, Angels Camp, Murphys, Columbia State Historic Park, and Sonora & Jamestown.
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